Roofing work isn’t cheap. A full-on roof replacement can cost anywhere from $8,700 to $22,000 on average, which is why it’s important to shop around and find a good price from a qualified professional. Here are 5 things to consider before hiring a roofer:
Roofs are meant to last 15-20 years. Your contractor should be too! The SBA reports that 80% of roofing contractors fail within the first 2 years. In 5 years, 96% are completely out of business. Pick a contractor that has been in business for at least 15 years!
Forbes and Inc magazine have both reported that it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to master it. Doing a couple of roofs a year for 20 years is only 40 roofs. Pick a company that has at least 2000 roofs under their belt!
Read their online reviews. Read both good and bad reviews. Look for incongruencies. Do they have only a few reviews, yet been in business for 20 years? Do the comments give you any insight? Ask to talk to their last 3 customers (not 3 handpicked).
Do they do what they say they will? Show up on time? Return your calls in a timely manner? Get your bid or estimate on time? If not, it's a sure sign of how they run their business and more importantly - HOW THEY WILL HANDLE YOUR JOB!
There are workmanship warranties and product defect warranties. Quality companies offer products that have a Lifetime Warranty. If a company doesn't check boxes 1-4, the warranty they offer doesn't matter.
When disaster strikes and you need a new roof or just a roof repair, you NEED to hire a high quality roofer. Follow these tips and rest assured that you've got a disaster under control.